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    Hey everyone!

    I'm wondering if it would be possible for me to re-apply to universities to enter as a first year while I'm studying at university. I've firmed my offer at the university I was accepted at, and I intend to go study there in the fall. As I understand, all I would need to do is get my previous teacher to write me another letter of recommendation, and then apply as an individual.

    All help/criticism is appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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    (Original post by differential96)
    Hey everyone!

    I'm wondering if it would be possible for me to re-apply to universities to enter as a first year while I'm studying at university. I've firmed my offer at the university I was accepted at, and I intend to go study there in the fall. As I understand, all I would need to do is get my previous teacher to write me another letter of recommendation, and then apply as an individual.

    All help/criticism is appreciated! Thanks in advance!

    Any extra information can be supplied upon request.
    You can simply apply as before through Ucas, but the question does arise as to why you ware wasting time and money doing this, and what view a university would take of you applying early in the year from another institution. If you know already that you don't want to go there, then why not free up a place for someone else and enter clearing this summer?
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    You can simply apply as before through Ucas, but the question does arise as to why you ware wasting time and money doing this, and what view a university would take of you applying early in the year from another institution. If you know already that you don't want to go there, then why not free up a place for someone else and enter clearing this summer?
    It's not that I don't want to go there, it's a great school, but I messed up my application last year (applied to the completely wrong course and ruined my interviews). So I basically feel like I should give it one last try to do it right and see if I can do any better.

    I won't be paying any tuition fees, and the university accommodation I've been offered is cheaper than the rent I'm paying at home. Also, as a student I'll be getting monthly grants from my government back home. So expenses aren't an issue. I would take another gap year, but I really miss studying. I'm a year younger by the way, so I'll be the same age as my classmates, and a year older if I take another gap year (not sure if that's relevant, but it might be worth mentioning).

    But will the universities I apply to know that I'm a first year student at another institution? From what I've heard, if you apply as an individual, you're not obligated to state that you're currently studying at university, that is if you apply to enter as a first year student.

    Thanks for the reply, I appreciate the help!
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    (Original post by differential96)
    I won't be paying any tuition fees, and the university accommodation I've been offered is cheaper than the rent I'm paying at home. Also, as a student I'll be getting monthly grants from my government back home. So expenses aren't an issue. I would take another gap year, but I really miss studying. I'm a year younger by the way, so I'll be the same age as my classmates, and a year older if I take another gap year (not sure if that's relevant, but it might be worth mentioning).

    But will the universities I apply to know that I'm a first year student at another institution? From what I've heard, if you apply as an individual, you're not obligated to state that you're currently studying at university, that is if you apply to enter as a first year student.

    Thanks for the reply, I appreciate the help!
    You are obliged to fill in all aspects of your education, so you have to put in what you are doing currently. Withholding the information is regarded as making a fraudulent application.

    The question still arises as to why you aren't trying to move to a university you want to be at or why you didn't apply there in the first place.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    You are obliged to fill in all aspects of your education, so you have to put in what you are doing currently. Withholding the information is regarded as making a fraudulent application.

    The question still arises as to why you aren't trying to move to a university you want to be at or why you didn't apply there in the first place.
    Oh I see, well I'll make sure to explain in my application that I'm currently studying at university then, thanks for the heads up!

    I do want to be at the university I've been accepted at, but there are places I would like to be at more, and due to my terrible mistake of applying to the wrong course, those schools made the correct decision of denying me (post interview). So basically, I've find myself in a position where I have the chance to attend a school I'm perfectly content in attending, but where I'm still curious as to how my application could have turned out if I had applied to the correct course. Since I don't want to take another gap year, I'm hoping to attend the university I've been accepted at with the mindset of staying, but still apply to other universities and see how it turns out. Then, if I get accepted at other institutions that I would rather attend, I'll switch to another university.

    Thanks for the reply!
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    Hey, I did this during my first year! I went to a poly when I had the grades for a red brick for stupid personal reasons (wanted to be with ny boyfriend, I know I know) so reapplied as an independent. My sixth form reference was really understanding, she wrote me a beaut new reference supporting my choice to change.

    In my personal statement I skewed my reasoning a bit to make myself sound less indecisive and as though I'd def stick at the next uni - said the course hadn't offered what I wanted and I wanted a more specialised course or sth. Long story short I got five offers out of five and went to a great uni the next year.

    Back on course is a really helpful service who answered all of my questions about fees and allayed worries about not being accepted, think they even proof read my PS. Give them a call, I really recommend them!

    Best wishes and you really have nothing to worry about, take it from me!
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    The question still arises as to why you aren't trying to move to a university you want to be at or why you didn't apply there in the first place.
    this is an international student - "starting at a great school in the fall" - having won in competition a study abroad award - "I won't be paying tuition" and "monthly grant from my government back home".

    He's holding it at KCL or Manchester and wonders about the sense of reapplying for Cambridge. But he'd be a fool to sit around in Abu Dhabi or Singapore on that long shot. This asks, then, about the wisdom of the hedge.
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    Hey, I did this during my first year! I went to a poly when I had the grades for a red brick for stupid personal reasons (wanted to be with ny boyfriend, I know I know) so reapplied as an independent. My sixth form reference was really understanding, she wrote me a beaut new reference supporting my choice to change.

    In my personal statement I skewed my reasoning a bit to make myself sound less indecisive and as though I'd def stick at the next uni - said the course hadn't offered what I wanted and I wanted a more specialised course or sth. Long story short I got five offers out of five and went to a great uni the next year.

    Back on course is a really helpful service who answered all of my questions about fees and allayed worries about not being accepted, think they even proof read my PS. Give them a call, I really recommend them!

    Best wishes and you really have nothing to worry about, take it from me!
    Wow, I'm so happy that your application turned out so well!

    So if you re-apply while you're at university, would you say that you should make that clear in your personal statement? I mean personally, I would just like to re-apply as I did the first time, but perhaps I'm in a different situation?

    Also, do they want to know your grades from university? The application is due pretty early in the year, and I wouldn't really have received any grades at that point? I would assume since you're applying as a first year, your grades shouldn't really matter, but perhaps I'm misguided in thinking this?

    Thanks again for the replies!
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    (Original post by cambio wechsel)
    this is an international student - "starting at a great school in the fall" - having won in competition a study abroad award - "I won't be paying tuition" and "monthly grant from my government back home".

    He's holding it at KCL or Manchester and wonders about the sense of reapplying for Cambridge. But he'd be a fool to sit around in Abu Dhabi or Singapore on that long shot. This asks, then, about the wisdom of the hedge.
    You may be right.
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    (Original post by cambio wechsel)
    this is an international student - "starting at a great school in the fall" - having won in competition a study abroad award - "I won't be paying tuition" and "monthly grant from my government back home".

    He's holding it at KCL or Manchester and wonders about the sense of reapplying for Cambridge. But he'd be a fool to sit around in Abu Dhabi or Singapore on that long shot. This asks, then, about the wisdom of the hedge.
    I didn't really understand your post, but from the looks of it, you seem to be guessing details about me and my application. You're pretty far off buddy, but close in some aspects.

    Thanks for the comment dude!
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    You may be right.
    Cambridge was actually pretty close, but the rest is completely off. But I can understand why someone would think that, I certainly might.

    Thanks for the replies everyone!
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    Yeah I think it's advisable to make it clear in your PS because as a previous commenter said you do have to declare that you're at/ have been at uni already.

    As for grades, I didn't have to put mine (I didn't end up sitting my exams in first year anyway), but I feel like if you got outstanding results it could work in your favour! Bear in mind by the way I did all this five years ago so my advice might be desperately out of date lol

    Def recommend calling back on track as they'll be able to help with your situation specific questions but if there's anything you feel I can help with do just ask! You def have to do what's right for you in this situation as you don't want to regret not doing so for the next three/ four years (and potentially the rest of your life - I feel sure that I would have!)


    (Original post by differential96)
    Wow, I'm so happy that your application turned out so well!

    So if you re-apply while you're at university, would you say that you should make that clear in your personal statement? I mean personally, I would just like to re-apply as I did the first time, but perhaps I'm in a different situation?

    Also, do they want to know your grades from university? The application is due pretty early in the year, and I wouldn't really have received any grades at that point? I would assume since you're applying as a first year, your grades shouldn't really matter, but perhaps I'm misguided in thinking this?

    Thanks again for the replies!
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    (Original post by differential96)
    Cambridge was actually pretty close, but the rest is completely off. But I can understand why someone would think that, I certainly might.

    Thanks for the replies everyone!
    It's not hard to look at a person's other posts!
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    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    It's not hard to look at a person's other posts!
    Exactly! I'm looking through my posts now, and they should have been able to peg me spot on, I'm actually a little disappointed to be honest.
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    (Original post by djgdfjgjfhg)
    Yeah I think it's advisable to make it clear in your PS because as a previous commenter said you do have to declare that you're at/ have been at uni already.

    As for grades, I didn't have to put mine (I didn't end up sitting my exams in first year anyway), but I feel like if you got outstanding results it could work in your favour! Bear in mind by the way I did all this five years ago so my advice might be desperately out of date lol

    Def recommend calling back on track as they'll be able to help with your situation specific questions but if there's anything you feel I can help with do just ask! You def have to do what's right for you in this situation as you don't want to regret not doing so for the next three/ four years (and potentially the rest of your life - I feel sure that I would have!)
    I'll be sure to contact them, thank you so much for your reply!
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    (Original post by differential96)
    Exactly! I'm looking through my posts now, and they should have been able to peg me spot on, I'm actually a little disappointed to be honest.
    I am as well!
 
 
 
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